Steven C. Beardsley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Rapid City, SD

Beardsley, Jensen & Lee, PLLC
 | 4200 Beach Drive, Suite 3, PO Box 9579
Rapid City, SD 57709
Phone: 605-939-3630
Fax: 605-721-2801
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

An accomplished civil trial attorney, Steven C. Beardsley is a partner at Beardsley Jensen & Lee. From the firm's office in Rapid City, South Dakota, he provides representation to people and companies throughout the state and neighboring regions. A large part of Mr. Beardsley's practice is centered on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, including cases arising out of incidents involving motor vehicle crashes, defective products, premises liability and workplace accidents. He has provided representation to both plaintiffs and defendants in these types of matters.

Mr. Beardsley also has an active business and commercial trial practice, encompassing cases involving noncompete agreements, wrongful termination and antitrust. His real estate experience includes the enforcement of finder's fee agreements, and he has handled several construction defect and fraud lawsuits. In addition, Mr. Beardsley has provided defense representation to insurance companies who are being sued for bad faith and other coverage issues. Highly regarded by his fellow professionals for his successes in all of his practice areas, he has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

A South Dakota native, Mr. Beardsley attended South Dakota State University as an undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Science in 1975. He then pursued his legal education at the University of South Dakota School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1978. Admitted to practice in South Dakota, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 8th, 9th and Federal Circuits. Mr. Beardsley is an active participant in several American Bar Association committees, and his other memberships include the American Association for Justice.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Wrongful Death, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense

Personal Injury - General (20%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Wrongful Death, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense

Personal Injury - Products (20%)

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Wrongful Death, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

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About Steven Beardsley

Admitted: 1978, South Dakota

Professional Webpage: http://www.blackhillslaw.com/our-team/steven-c-beardsley/

Honors/Awards:

  •  “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Chairman, Membership, 1991
  • American Bar Association, 1978- Present
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers of America, Board of Governors, 2008-2010
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers of America, Board of Governors, 1992 to 1994
  • Black Hills Criminal Defense Bar, Member
  • Black Hills Claims Association, Member
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy Advocates Association, Member
  • Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, Alternative Resolution Dispute
  • Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, Products Liability
  • American Association for Justice
  • Negligence & Tort Law Committee, State Bar of South Dakota
  • Worker’s Compensation Committee, State Bar of South Dakota
  • Tech Commission
  • Litigation Committee Trial
  • Tort and Insurance Practice Committee
  • Toxic, Hazardous Substance and Environmental Law Committee
  • Criminal Justice Committee
  • Automobile Law Committee
  • Products General Liability and Consumer Law Committee
  • Tort and Insurance Practice Section

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Ackley v. Mid-Century Ins. Co., U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, File No. 5:03-cv-05078-AWB
  • Brown v. Black Hills Federal Credit Union, U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, File No. 5:03-cv-05046-KES
  • Hansen v. U.S.A., U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, File No. 5:02-cv-05101-KES
  • Winters v. Northwestern Nat’l Casualty Co., 838 F.Supp. 440 (D.S.D. 1993)
  • Karas v. American Family Insurance Co., Inc., 33 F.3d 995 (8th Cir. 1994)
  • Richards v. Lenz, 539 N.W.2d 80 (S.D. 1995)
  • Hensley v. HD Electric Co., U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, File No. 98-5067
  • Bedney v. Quest Communications, 7th Judicial Circuit, Pennington County Court, File No. 98-868
  • Roden v. General Casualty Co. of Wisconsin, 671 N.W.2d 622 (S.D. 2003)
  • Webb v. Douglas County, 224 Fed.Appx. 647 (9th Cir. 2007)
  • Lund v. Lombard Securities Inc., U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, File No. 07-5055
  • Kahle v. Leonard, 477 F.3d 544 (8th Cir. 2007)
  • Corcoran v. McCarthy, 7th Judicial Circuit, Pennington County Court, File No. 06-1263
  • Madison v. Meza, 7th Judicial Circuit, Pennington County Court, File No. 07-209
  • Kahle v. Leonard, 563 F.3d 736 (8th Cir. 2009)

Educational Background:

  • South Dakota State University, Bachelor of Science, 1975
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Office Location for Steven C. Beardsley

4200 Beach Drive, Suite 3
PO Box 9579
Rapid City, SD 57709

Phone: 605-939-3630

Fax: 605-721-2801

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Last Updated: 10/4/2019

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